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Folau’s GoFundMe online appeal shut down

An online donation website has shut down the page of Wallabies fullback Israel Folau, who sought to raise 3 million Australian dollars (US$2.1 million) to meet the legal costs of his challenge against the termination of his contract by Rugby Australia.

GoFundMe will issue refunds to 7,000 donors who had contributed more than US$520,000 in four days to Folau’s cause before his online campaign was halted. “After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service,” GoFundMe’s regional manager in Australia, Nicola Britton, told the Australian Associated Press. Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, was fired after breaching RA’s code of conduct for making homophobic comments on social media. GoFundMe said that conflicted with its policies of inclusiveness. Folau, 30, has faced widespread criticism since he launched his appeal on Friday for public donations to fund his legal challenge. His AU$4 million, four-year contract with RA was terminated last month when the sport’s national governing body found he had breached the code of conduct.


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